Among us gamers, there may be a few Homestarrunner fans here. If not, at least their old video game parodies are something to behold. A look at exhibit A would be the latest effort of Jonathan Howe, Population: Tire. Based on Strong Bad's backyard domain (StrongBadia), the object of the game is to bounce the tire with your mouse and keep it up for as long as possible. Of course, if you watch the flash game load, you'll notice that the made up story is an homage to classic video games. Even the title bar is a reference to one of my favourite games.
The gameplay is simple. Your score goes up by one for every bounce times the multiplier. The multiplier starts at 1 and increases when you hit balloons, seagulls, The Cheat, or Strong Sad (possibly) and goes down when you hit Cold Ones or Strong Sad (possibly). The hit detection is a bit tricky in this game, and you may find some frustration in keeping the tire up, especially when the wind randomly kicks in. Graphic-wise, the game looks like the parody of Commodore 64 games it was meant to be. The sound effects aren't annoying and the opening theme is quite good. At least in my humble opinion.
It's addictive for a while, but sadly, like Trogdor, there is no pause feature. Give it a shot. You may like it. Or you may not, but it's free, so you have nothing to lose. Just click on the info link to play, or hit up http://www.homestarrunner.com/pop_tire.html
For more gaming action from the folks at H*R, hit up http://www.homestarrunner.com/games.html. Here, you'll find Strong Libs, and the popular arcade game, TROGDOR! (again, with no pause feature), as well as a few others.
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